The night sky put on a spectacular show on Wednesday and into the early hours of Thursday morning, when a total lunar eclipse of the full moon gave us a blood moon.
While cloud cover was said to spoil the party at times for some people in Ballarat, there were certainly some who managed to catch a glimpse of it.
A blood moon is so-named because a fully eclipsed moon takes on a reddish hue as light passes through the Earth’s atmosphere.
A super moon occurs when a full moon happens at or near the moon’s closest approach to Earth in its orbit.
Last night’s moon qualified as a super moon because it occurred just 27 hours after the moon reached this point, known as perigee.
And the term blue moon refers to the second full moon within a calendar month.
Technically, this did not happen in the eastern states of Australia, as the moon became full at 12.26am on February 1; however, in most of the world, the full moon fell on January 31.